Sure, it’s true: With the New 12 months approaching, I made a decision to attempt one thing new in my life. This weekend I made the swap to Windows Phone — plunking down $99 plus taxes and charges for the flagship Nokia Lumia 920.
Why am I doing this? I’ve examined Windows Telephones up to now as a part of our protection however by no means used them for greater than two weeks at a stretch, whereas all the time maintaining my trusty iPhone inside shut attain. My aim in making the swap fully is to broaden my perspective and higher perceive the advantages and downsides of Microsoft’s cell platform.
Plus, it’s wanting like my colleague Taylor Soper might be sticking with Android, and getting the Samsung Galaxy S III. With our colleague John Prepare dinner recently upgrading to the iPhone 5, we thought it might make issues extra fascinating across the workplace, and on the location, to have every of us on a competing cell platform.
And lastly, it appeared like a logical extension of my different current experiment, by which I satisfied my spouse to spend our iPad finances on a Microsoft Floor with Windows RT. That has actually turned out pretty well.
Why the Lumia 920? I used to be initially leaning towards the HTC 8X Windows Phone, simply based mostly on feel and look. However after polling my Twitter followers and holding each gadgets within the retailer, I made a decision to go with the Lumia 920. Though the Nokia gadget is thicker and heavier, the actual subject for me was the face of the gadget and the display dimension — wouldn’t it be too large?
However the display sizes are literally very comparable — 4.5 inches for the Lumia and 4.3 inches for the HTC 8X. Principally a wash. Nokia has developed some fascinating Windows Phone apps, together with maps, turn-by-turn instructions and its Metropolis Lens utility. The standard of the Nokia digicam and the 32 GB of storage additionally had been a draw for me.
As well as, Nokia has guess its future on Windows Phone, for higher or worse, so the Lumia feels prefer it’s on entrance strains.
I had visions of getting the purple one, however the AT&T retailer the place I went was out of that colour, so I went with primary black. Given the black casing and acquainted Windows button, my daughter has began calling the Lumia 920 “the Floor Phone.” (No, I’ve been telling her, these received’t be out till subsequent yr.)
Excellent news for Microsoft: The salesperson on the retailer was very useful, knowledgable about Windows Phone, and smitten by my determination, noting that he had the Lumia 920 and liked it. A far cry from the tepid gross sales pitch I’ve gotten up to now.
First shock: No headphones within the field. Wait a second, ear buds don’t come commonplace with all telephones? I suppose Apple has spoiled me. Then once more, I did solely pay $99 for this gadget, in comparison with $299 for a 32GB iPhone 5. So I can stay with it.
Once I introduced up the shortage of ear buds, the salesperson identified that the Lumia 920 did come with a helpful SIM door key, in case I needed to take the SIM card out later.
That was an odd factor to say, not solely as a result of a paper clip can usually do the job, however as a result of it implied that I’d need to swap the SIM to a different gadget. Sure, it’s suitable with my iPhone 4S, in case I need to swap again, however that wouldn’t be true to my objectives with this train.
At any fee, I’ve been utilizing my new Windows Phone for the previous day, and can have tons to share within the coming days and weeks, as I attempt to make this gadget work for me in my day by day work and life. Keep tuned.
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